SAVINGS.—The Savings Bank balances due to de- positors on the 20th of November, 1878, give the following average per head of the population :—Eng- land and Wales, £ 1 lis Id; Scotland, £ 1 16s 9d; Ireland, 8s 2d; Channel Islands, Y.5 17s Sd. The Channel Islands are peopled by small cultivators. A boiler explosion has occurred on the premises, of Messrs. Howroyd and Oldroyd, drysalters, Dews- bury, and three men were seriously hurt, and a good deal of damage done to property. The Weymouth Town Council have resolved to pay 100 guineas to the executors of Mrs. Sherren for possession of a great number of ancient documents and records relating to the town, some of which date 500 years back. By the steamship Lusitania a novel importation, a consignment of oranges and lemons from an estate near Adelaide, South Australia, where they are now in season and cheap, reached Covent Garden Market, a few days since. The tramway from Naples Observatory to the foot of the cone of Mount Vesuvius is nearly completed, and will be opened early next year. A steam engine at the summit will draw the trams up by a windlass on Spiclg's system. THE AGRICULTURAL DEPRESSION.—Lord Leigh, Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, believing the depression to be temporary, has decided to return to his tenants at the Michaelmas rent audit 15 per cent. of the rent on arable and 7 per cent. on grass lands. Similar returns will be made for the two next years. ine Autumn season of her Majesty's Theatre will he^in on the same night as the New Yorli Academy of Music, and the theatre will be managed during Mr. Mapleson's absence by his son, who is the husband of Madame Marie Rose. One of the events will he the reappearance of Madlle. di Murska, after an absence from England of four years. The Army and Navy Gazette says that the Army Reorganisation Comtiiittee, under the presidency of General Lord A.irey, will shortly reassemble at the Wai Office. The committee is not expected to conclude its labours until the close of the year, as it finds the task it has to carry out of far greater magnitude than was at first supposed. The War Office will consider the advisability oi issuing a general medal for South Africa, when the prtsent operations are brougbtto a peaceful conclusion, but as yet the subject has not been even mooted offi- cially, and the announcements which some time since appeared stand no chance of obtaining confirmation for the present. During the month of September there have been 29 resignations of volunteer commissions and 44 new tppointments-a net gain of 15 for the month. In the eleven months of the volunteer year just expired [hera have been 743 resignations and 687 new ippointments. This shows a net loss of only 56— cry much less than under the circumstances had PI" anticipated. HOLLOW AY'S OINTMENT AND PILLS.-During every break of wintery weather exertions shonld be made by the afflicted to recover health before unremitting cold and trying storms set in. Throat ailments, coughs, wheezings, asthmatical affections, shortness of breath, morning nausea, and accumulations of phlegm can rea- dily be removed by rubbing this fine derivative oint- ment twice a day upon the chest and neck. Holloway's treatment is strongly recommended with the view of giving immediate ease, preventing prospective danger, and effecting permanent relief. These all-important ends his ointment and pills can accomplish, and will surely prevent insidious diseases from fastening on the constitution to display themselves afterwards in those disastrous forms that will probably embitter life till death itself is almost prayed for.
SEBASTOPOL. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH.—A eompe- tition, consisting of recitations and singing, was held in the above place on Thursday, Oct. 2nd. The chair was occupied by Mr W. Jacobs, who also adjudicated on the recitations. Mr E. G. Morgan, of Pontypool, was the adjudicator for the sin.- ,ing, and Mr T. Morgan acted as accompanist. The following programme was gone through :—For the boy under 15 who will best recite "There'sa good time coming, boys." Prize, a book (value Is 6d). Only A. Winsor came forward, and the prize was awarded him, the adjudicator remarking that he fully deserved it.—For the Sunday School scbola-t I (female), under 12, that will best render When ho cometh." Prize, 2s 6d. Three competed, and the prize was awarde-I to Little Sin-?-r," Cwulbrtu. -For the Stinday S-hool scholar '(feinale), under i12, that will best rec;te I bear thee sp pak of a 1:)et,,Ier land. Pr;-ze, a 1)o.,)k (value Is 6d). Three CoLnpeted-. i-,id tiie prize was awarded S. Al:y.- For the female that will best render Rooiu aluong the au,-els." Threc, competed, and the prize, 2s 6d, was awarded to A. Joy.-For the juvenile choir, not less than ten in number, that will best render There is a happy land." (Tune, hbury.J Only one choir competed, namely, Elim Choir, Cwmbran, and the prize, 5s, was deservedly awarded them.—To the females that will best render To thee, 0 better country." Prize, 4s. Two parties competed, and the adjudicator awar- ded the prize between them.—For the best im- promptu speech. Subject, Steel Pens." Three competed, and the prize, Is 6d, was divided be- tween the leaders of the Tabernacle and Cwmbran Choirs —For the choir, not less than ten in num- ber, that will best render the anthem "Angels, ever bright aiid fair." Prize, Si Is. Three choirs competecl, naluely, the Tabemacle, Pontv pool; Elim, Cwmbran; and Crumlin Street, Pontyyool. The prize was awarded to the last-named, which was under the leadership of Mr G. Churchill; the adjudicator remarking that their singing was al- most faultless.—Finale, God save the Queen.
FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION. A boiler explosion, which caused considerable da a took place at Halifax Dye ll'orks, oa T m ge' h. ?dy (yesterda-N-) mornin, The bodies of five persons who were killed had been already recovered when our Telegram left.
PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY. (Before Colonel BYRDE, Chairman, and E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq. CHARGE OF TRESPASS. William Trowbridge was charged tres" passing on the property of Henry Parfitt, at Pontnewydd.—Mr Sully said the defendant was continually trespassing by going across the lands and over the hedges, and had been c<ju* tioned against it twelve months ago the da- mage witness estimated at 6d.—Defendant said he had been living in the neighbourhood for nine years, and no one ever interfered with him before. He would not have trespassed on this occasion but for the fact that his wife was se- riously ill, and he had been to secure the atten- dance of a doctor and a clergyman.—Fined 10s, including costs. A SQUABBLE ABOUT BAKING. Sarah Tottle, a respectably-dressed woman, who appeared in the dock with a child in her arms, was charged with assaulting Abigail Davies, at Pontypool.—Complainant stated that on Monday she went to the oven for the pur- pose of baking, when she found defendant, who had baked on the previous Saturday, in posses- sion. She remonstrated with defendant, who, in the course of a squabble that ensued, struck her twice.—Sarah Ann Matthews & Sarah Horn gave corroborative testimony.—Defendant de- nied the assault, and called on her behalf Mary Smith, who referred in her evidence to a con- versation with the witness Matthews, after the assault, in which the latter said she knew no- thing of the affair.-Matthews, on being re- called, adhered to her former statement as to witnessing the assault; while Smith deposed that she told her she knew nothing of the mat- ter.—The Bench characterised the whole affair as a very stupid quarrel about baking," and said they had run the expenses up to 14s 6d, which defendant must pay, or go to prison for 7 davs. THE ALLEGED TRESPASS IN PONTYPOOL PARK. Benjamin Taylor, of Abersychan, was charged with trespassing on the grounds of Pontypool Park, in pursuit of conies.—It will be remem- bered that this case had been adjourned from the previous week for the production of a ma- larial witness for the defence. Mr H. S. Gus- tti,.d, of Usk, now appeared for the prosecution, and Mr T. Watkins, of Pontypool, for the de- fence.—The first witness called was a lad named Arthur Bowen, a mason's labourer, who said that on Thursday, the 18th of September, he was walking up the railway, from Ponty- tnoil, and as he passed Pontypool Park he no- ticed defendant and another man they were Hear some chestnut trees in what is known as the Home Park." He was then at a distance of 70 yards from the men he stopped a few toinutes, and saw them put a ferret in a hole, and cover it over with nets they afterwards Caught a rabbit; the nearest distance he was to the men was about ten yards defendant wore a black cloth cap and a coat of the same mate- rial, and a light fustian trousers. The men afterwards went behind a bush witness was certain Taylor was the man he saw, as he had lived about 180 yards from him for some years, and knew him well.-In cross-examination by Mr Watkins, witness said he would not swear that the nearest distance he was to the men tnight not be 50 yards the reason he had said nothing about the second man that day week Was because he had not been asked. He gave information of the affair to his father, who told Thomas Smith.—Thomas Smith deposed that he Was in the employ of Mr Hanbury, at the Park House on the day in question he saw Bowen ill town, and from what he learned he Went into the Park, and saw two men near the bottom of the grove one was dressed in a dark coat, cap, and light trousers on seeing him they both ran away he afterwards °aught a ferret near where he had seen them.— Mr John Maisey said he knew the place men- tioned, which was known as the Home Park, and was reserved for breeding rabbits he also knew defendant, but had not seen him on that day.—Mr Watkins said ho had a perfectly good answer to this charge, inasmuch as his client Was ill on the day in question, and was dressed differently from that described. Taylor did not rise till 9 o'clock, and was ill all that day. The boy no doubt, saw some one in the Park, but had made a mistake with regard to the person. Having commented upon the different state- ments made by Bowen as to the distances at which he had observed the two men, with re- gard to one of whom they had heard nothing d the previous examioatlon, and the improbability of two men going behind a bush not a yard high to hide, Mr Watkins handed to the Bench two testimonials of character from defendant's pre- and previous employers.—For the defence, -iiomas Smart was called, and deposed that at tbe time 111 qucstiou he and Lis brothor lodged at defendant's house defendant had to pass through witness's room in order to reach his Own bedroom on this particular morning wit- ness was called by defendant at about 5 minutes to 7; witness-and his brother occupied the same room defendant did not leave his room. --In cross-examination by Mr Gustard, witness he was a brother-in-law of defendant wit- ness left the house at about 7.30, by which time defendant had not come downstairs defendant Occupied a house near the Pear Tree, Abersy- chan, and the distance from there to the scene of the alleged trespass would be about two ^iles defendant came home ill on the previous night.—Henry Smart said he was a brother of the last witness, and slept with him at defend- ant's house on the 17th ult. witness did not go to work on the following day, being unwell; he got up a few minutes before 8 defendant would have to pass through witness's room to go downstairs witness had had his breakfast when defendant came down defendant had on a black cloth trousers, and only went out that day to see a train on the new line defendant no ferrets in the house while witness was there.—Richard Lewis was then called, but faIled to put in an appearance and in his ab- Bence Mr Watkins said his case was completed >~he could carrv it on no further.—At thisstace Mr Gustard, in order to establish the question of identity, wished to call another witness, but to this Mr Watkins demurred, saying the case Or the prosecution bad closed, and it would be ^ost irregular to re-open it at this point.—Ul- timately the objection was overruled, and -Mr bustard called Edwin Rosser, a mason's labourer, bo said that he met defendant,who was dressed 111 a rather white" fustian trousers, and a dark cap and coat on the day of the alleged trespass Witness met defendant between 10 and 11 0 clock iu the morning, near the railway tun- nel.—In answer to Mr Watkins, witness said he ^as certain of the man—it was not Taylor's pother.—Mr Watkins, to show the likeness ex- iting between the two, requested defendant's brother, who was in Court, to step into the dock. The appearance of the brother, be- grimed with h honest dirt that would soon wash Offilt as was remarked by the Bench, was the ccasion for roars of laughter. The Chairman, j*1 giving the decision of the Bench, said that, having considered the case and the nature of the evidence before the Court, and remembering •he impossibility of defendant's getting out of the house on the day in question, they could do Jo other than give defendant the benefit of the doubt, and he would therefore be discharged. A SAD CASE. Olary A iin Dix, a married woman, was charged ^ith stealing a saucepan, the property of Thos. Rogers, of Sebastopol.—Esther Rogers, the wife complainant, said that prisoner was in her ^°U8e on Saturday last, and she afterwards hissed the saucepan produced, which was her Property. She did not desire to press the charge. -P.c. Gardner proved finding the saucepan, "nd prisoner expressed her regret at the occur- ence—Prisoner, who appeared to feel her posi- tlo'a aeutely, pleaded guilty, and said such a thin should not happen again. She had three '?ildg e and buried One recently.-Tlie Ciiair- r U", aid tliat, taking into consideration ber Present condition, and hoping the circumstance ^ould be a warning to her in future, the Bench had decided only to pass a sentence of one day's Itnprisonmeiit. A JUVENILE TRESPASSER. Ellen Beach, aged 12 years, was charged with trespassing on the property of the Ebbw Vale V0,i at Abersychan.—Charles Sparkea proved Jjnding the defendant on the lands of the Com- Pany with a piece of timber in her possession, jthe timber (produced) was the property of the Company.—Fined 5s. DRUNKENNESS. p John Lewis was charged with being drunk at j^arndiffaith.—Defendant did not appear.—P.c. Sunders saj(] he gaw ti10 defendant with crowd of people around him. Defendant was r«nk, and wanted to fight, and he had some r°uble to get him away.—Fined 10s, or 7 days. A DISCREET PROSECUTOR. Davicl Jenkins was summoned by Thomas Davies for non-payment of wages due.—Out of this case two cross-snnnnonses had been issued, one for neglect of work, and the other for ill- treating a horse but as the prosecutor failed to put in an appearance, the original charge was dismissed, and the other cases were not proceeded with. The following licenses were transferred :— Swan beerhouse, Abersychan, Wm. Crane to Elizabeth Cook Mount Pleasant beerhouse, Pontypool, Benjamin Liddington to William Taylor; Jolly Collier beerhouse, Blaenavon, James Mockford to Joseph Brown Puddler's Arms beerhouse, Abersychan, Joseph Fowler to Benjamin Lewis Union alehouse, Abersychan, Elizabeth Drown to Frederick Buckley Pen- twyn Tavern alehouse, Abersychan, William Jones to George Barwood.
POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before the Rev J. C. LLEWELLIN and J. RICHARDS, Esq. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. Patrick Coffey and Timothy Murphy, two rough-looking fellows, were charged with being drunk and riotous in Pontypool, on Saturday night.—P.c. Turner stated that ho was on duty in Commercial-street, when his attention was drawn to the defendants, who were drunk, and both of them most abusive and violent.—De- fendants said they had never been in a court- house" before, and said the offence was due to the meeting with friends by whom they had been treated.—Supt. Macintosh said they were both exceedingly violent.—Fined 5s each, or 7 days' hard labour. DRUNKENNESS AND INDECENCY. Elizabeth Parry was charged with drunken and indecent conduct, at Pontypool, on Satur- day nigbt.-P.t;. Basham proved the charge.— Supt.Macintosh said defendant had been several times convicted of similar offences, but this as- sertion defendant strongly denied.—Fined 20s, or 14 days. A YOUTHFUL DELINQUENT. Moses Hammond was charged with stealing a quantity of, plums, the property of Joseph Oram, at Abersychan.—Complainant's wife said that she was serving a customer when prisoner came in and asked for fourpenny-worth of plums, with which he was supplied. He then handed her something in payment, which she found to be something contained in the penny packets" of sweets. Prisoner afterwards ran away.—Prisoner, who was attended by two sis- ters, was understood to have lost his parents and it was thought ho had been led away by bad companions.—Complainant did not press the charge and the Bench, under the Juvenile Offenders' Act, inflicted a fine of 2s 6d.
STATE OF TRADE. It is said that Tydee Tin Works, which have been closed for a long time, will be started soon. Between 1,600 and 1,700 hands are on strike at the Great Western Cotton Factory, Bristol, against a reduction of 5 per cent: The managers have closed the works for a month. Preparations are being made for the resumption of work at the mill of Colonel Goodair, mayor of Preston, which has been closed eighteen months. Six pairs of mules were started on Monday. Mr Crawsbay having secured a good order for rails, is about to re-start his furnace works at Cyfarthfa. The news has caused the greatest satisfaction in the district. A reduction in the wages of smelters and day labourers has taken place at the Copper Work s, Burry Point. A few men, reluctant to accept it, suspended work for several days, but have now resumed. The strike of the engineers in London termi- nated on Saturday, and the Central Committee issued a valedictory address, in which they said that their receipts had been gradually falling off, that various members had obtained employment, others had emigrated, and that the continuance of the committee's existence entailed expense. The last paragraph takes credit for their having retained the general wage rate of London. A meeting of workmen in the tin-plate trade, held at the Bird-in-Hand Inn, Swansea, on Satur- day, confirmed ,t resolution come to at a. previous meetin, favour of forining it unioti of tin-pl,te i- the whole county. There were w,)rlmen, fo 3(10 dtlc-tte?, pi,ei!?ciit, represt?nting ip ip in Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and South Wales. Delegates were appointed to draw up rules. It was also de- cided to adhere closely to the resolution for re- stricting the make. On Saturday evening a meeting was held at the Harp Hotel, Gelligaer, when delegates attended from the Wingfield, Pentrepoeth, and Gilvach collieries, the New Rhos Drift and New Church Pit. The colliers in the Llancaiach and Black- wood districts were not represented. The meeting discussed the question of forming a new miners' union for South Wales, and it was decided that the house coal men should have a union of their own, and remain separate from the steam coal men. A similar determination was also come to as re- gards the formation of a board of conciliation. The question of obtaining an advance of wages was also considered, but no decision come to, it bein g deemed best to adjourn, and give notice to the whole of the house coal colliers of Monmouthshire and South Wales that a general delegate meeting will be held on the llth inst. at Hengoed Junc- tion.
THE AFGHAN WAR THE CABUL MASSACRE.—FURTHER DETAILS. THE MARCH ON OABUL. ESCAPE OF BRITISH TROOPERS. The following despatch has been sent from the India Office for publication :— From Viceroy, 5th October, 1879.—"Roberts detained yesterday at Zahidabad for transport. Advances to-day to Charasiab, one march from Cabul. All well." A telegram arrived on Sunday evening, dated Simla, Oct. 3, to the effect that Roberts' force has been detained one day, owing to the transport difficulties. It will arrive at Cabul to-morrow. Postal and heliographic communication will be maintained with Roberts at Cabul via the Shutur-i- garden Pass as long as weather will permit, but when winter comes on the Khyber line will necessarily be used. The natives predict that an early and severe winter will follow the last, which was of unprecedented mildness. In that case it is probahle that the Shutur-i-garden will be closed by snow by the end of this month or the first week in November. In the meantime the posts between the Pewar Kotal and the Shutur-i-gardan are being strengthened and reinforced. The Ameer is reported to have been very nervous md alarmed when he first arrived at the British camp as he had great doubts as to what his reception would be. He is now regaining his confidence, but those who have communication with him consider that he is a greatly changed man, being weak and nervous and altogether deficient either in determina- tion or self-reliance. The Ameer has a special guard which may be termed a guard of honour, but which may also be considered ttS responsible for his not giving us the slip. Three troopers of the 12th Bengal cavalry, who were at the time of the massacre on furlough at Cabul,made their escape from that city yesterday and arrived in tamp to-day. They state that there is no head or direction of the insurrection at Cabul, and that all is confusion. The artillery did not join the mutineers, but held themselves altogether aloof from the affair. They at present hold Bala Hissar for the Ameer, and protect his property and family. They threaten, openly, however, that unless the Ameer returns to Cabul immediately and takes command of the whole troops against the British they will sack the Bala Hissar and city and disperse, as they cannot fight without a leader. The Afghan regiments are erecting strong en- trenchments on the ground rising behind and com- manding the Bala Hissar. The Spiza and Zurmat sections of the Ghilzais are troublesome and have been marauding beyond the Shutar-i-gardan, and threatening that position. Yesterday their attitude was so threatening that Colonel Money with the 3rd Sikhs determined to drive them off. He, therefore, attacked them, and defeated them with ease, inflicting a loss of 30 killed and many wounded. The Ghilzais dispersed, and the communications are now open and undisturbed. These small affairs will probably recur as long as the paes is open, but they are of no real consequence. FURTHER-DETAILS OF CABUL MASSACRE. The following statements as to the Cabul massa- are are published in the Indian papers received on Monday. Jellal-ud-din Khan, Turkhi Gilzai, in service with Sir Louis Cavagnari, say "Yesterday, about nine a.m, sound of firing in Bala Hissar. I live in the (deceased) Mir Munshi's house in Bagh Nawab, far from the Residency. I sent three men to ascertain cause. One has never returned; the other two one of whom is known as Babajee (whose wife was in service with the Mir Munshi's daughter), returned to say that three regiments of infantry on duty in Cabnl had, on being offered that morning one months pay, refused it, demanded arrears, and, onnot getting it, attacked the Residency quarters, killing and wound- ing some of the escort and removing some horses (among them Sir Louis's own horse, a bay Wazeeri); after which two or three companies went to the 'Mistri Khana,' and seized some arms and ammunition (the remainder surrounding the Residency)and then a fresh attack was made on the Residency, guns being brought up to join in the attack, the Residency being defended by Sir Louis and staff and escort. The city people were ready to defend themselves and pro- perty. The attack continued and increased, and, being unable to get to or afford the Residency any aid, after removing the Mir Munshi's family, I left Cabul with Bab ijee. and galloped off towards Ali Kheyl and Kurran to give the news. I have travelled incessantly without food. My knees are rubbed sore and eyes bloodshot- I heard before leaving that the regiments intended attacking the Ameer. Six other regiments in quarters at Shahr Naw and Bala Hissar had come to the city to plunder; some returned with plunder, the rest to the attack. I heard that Daoud Shah tried to prevent the attack and was wounded. The fastening of sling of my sword is un done by the jolting at a gallop." Mirza. Nivaz, Tajik of Panjsher, servant of Jellal- ud-din [whose wife used to nurse the deceased Mun- shi's children), states that he was present at the dis- bursement of pay to the three regiments (without arms) which are in. camp at Chaman, at the Bala Hissar. Saif-ud-din Brigadier was present; Muham- mad Karim's regiment refused to take one month's pay, demanding arrears from two months before the "Nawrez" (March 21). A mutineer and ringleader, on throwing down his pay, was thrashed by the brigadier and colonel, on which the men rose and stoned their colonel, and rushed on to the armoury and seized the arms and made a rush at the Ameer's quarters, but the gates were shut to, on which they went off, after hurling stones and clods at the Ameer's doors, to the Residency. The escort turned out and fired on them, killing and wounding tome ten or twelve men, and closed the gates. By this time some of the horses of the guide cavalry and of the Embassy were carried off. Brisk firing was now kept up by the soldiers from below on the Residency and returned by the officers of the Embassy and the escort from their upper story, the crowd suffering heavily, whereas their fire seemed to have no effect. The regiment brought up a gun from the "Topkhana," but, hav- ing no ammunition, could not use it, nor did I hear the sound of artillery firing: as I was leaving CabiLl. I now ran off to tell Jellal-ud-din, and we decided on coming away, as we could give no aid, to inform the English. We got away by some excuse, androde here as hard as we could. Dioud Shah, commander-in- chief, did his best to control the mutineers, but was shot at and knocked over with stones. The officers did not join these men, but were poweiless to prevent them. The only road to the Topkhana" lies ex- posed to the fire of the Residency, the only other way in which they could get ammunition would be (if) it were let down to them from the port wails by the Cabuli sentries. The city people had not joined in the affray, but were all leady to protect them- selves and property. The three regiments were joined by three from the new cantonment of Shahr Naw and three from the Bala Husar itself, making nine in all; also by the cavalry on foot and artillery without guns. The portion of the Bala Hissar occupied by the Residency is surrounded on the north by a hill, east by a portion of B ila Hissar, it- self, south by open ground, went by part of Bala Hissar containing magazine. The Ameer and the Embassy are completely surrounded. A man might escape at night by letting himself down into the open country from a balcony. There is no well in the Residency or Ameer's quarters; the Ameer probably has enough food for three or four weeks by him; the "Sahibs" for two or three days. The Ameer cannot supply the Embassy now, as it is im- possible for him to reach them. I
IMPORTANT ENGAGEMENT. BRITISH VICTORY. The India Office has published news of an im portant engagement which was fought o u the high range of hills lying in th e way of our troops marching upon Cabul, on the 6th inst. General Baker was put in command of the British troops, who stormed and carried the heights, driving the enemy off the main hills, and capturing 12 guns. The British loss was four men killed and nine wounded. The enemy fled in confusion, and their loss is believed to have been considerable.
THE CRISIS IN BURMAH.—WITHDRAWAL OF THE BRITISH RESIDENT. A Reuter's telegram says 3Ir. St. Barbe, the Assistant Resident in Mandalay, after having, in accordance with the instructions from the Indian Government, given notice to the Burmese authorities that he was about to quit the capital, left Mandalay on Monday morning without molestation, with the whole of the establishment of the Residency. Since the departure of Colonel Horace Browne, the position of Mr. St. Barbe has daily become more and more unsatisfactory. The studied discourtesy with which he was treated, combined with the spirit of anta- gonism towards the British displayed by King Theebaw and the Court party, and finally the system of espeonage over the inhabitants of the Residency establishment by the Burmese authorities, rendered the continuance of diplomatic relations, even for routine business, impossible, and Mr. St. Barbe was accordingly instructed to leave. Notice of the with- drawal of the Residency was given to all the British subjects in Bhamo and Mandalay.—Acts of barbarity continue to be committed by the Palace party.
?epe,tea aud earnest en(leavours are i)elng ma(le rr, to _ge the difference between Germany and the Pope. Rich Spanish lead has been sold at Newcastle-on- Tyne at X 14. 17s. 6d. and common Spanish at X 14. 1 Os, per ton. A coroner's jury have returned a verdict of man. slaughter against the boy Wheeler for having fatally stabbed another boy, named Cox, at the Hardwicke Reformatorv. Gloucester.
SARON BAPTIST CHAPEL, GOYTRE. The annual tea meeting of the above place was held on Thursday week, when, notwithstanding the depres- sion in trade, the heavy and continuous rain, and the consequent gloom pervading society in general, and the farming portion in particular, a goodly number availed themselves of the outing, and for the nonce tried to be cheerful and happy, wisely shelving dull care" till the party was over. In consequence of the rain which raineth every day," the young people were not so fully occupied with the recreation part of the programme as is their wont, yet when we sallied forth from the cbapel during the clear-up 11 for the public meeting, under the shelter of overcoat and umbrella, we were not a little amused to find that a few gallants, accompanied by their fair friends, had formed in party in an adjoin- ing meadow, and, marching round, were chanting the now well-known serio-comic rhyme, Man's life's a va- pour full of woe," &c.; and we sincerely hope their en- joyment was not seriously damped by the rain above and the wet grass beneath.—After tea, a public meeting was held in the chapel, presided over by the pastor, the Rev I. Richards. After singing, the -Rev B. Johnson, ot Raglan, offered prayer.—The Chairman, in bis usual happy manner, then introduced the Rev J. Evans, of the Tabernacle, Pontypool.—Mr Evans said he thought there were several pleasing and instructive aspects about these social gatherings. 0 One aspect was the profit- making, another was retrospective, while a third was prospective, making past failures and shortcomings so many stepping-stones for future usefulness and activity. He thought there was a great deal of Jock helping Jim to do nothing about our churches, and he would strong- Iv ui,-e each member to trv and "do something for jesu"The Rev D. Lewis, of Talywaill, next ad- s* dressed the meeting. lu the course of his speech he said he thought that good work had been done at Goytre during the year, and believed they were willing to do good and get good in the future. He thought the law of association bad been operating there. In looking round upon the floral decorations so tastefully arranged, he believed that some of the yonng ladies understood the language'of flowers," and had been guided in the selection and arrangement by this law of association and he hoped in higher and spiritual matters they might all be thus guided in associating the great truths of the Gospel with corresponding greatness of character.— After singing a hymn, the Rev D. Davies (Congrega- tionalist), of Hanover, was called upon. He remarked that it afforded him very great pleasure to be there present with them, and although they differed somewhat in doctrine, in the great central truths they were one. He thought the worth of a Christian Church was not ascertained by its creeds, but by its spiritual life. The noble two thousand ministers who were ejected from the Established Church brought with them a vitality that bad lived on through all the generations, and had in- fluenced more or less all the Churches of Christendom and as of old the sacred fire in the temple was never to go out, so he believed that the same spirit which bad brooded over the darkness would continue to impart life and energy to the Universal Church.—The Rev Joseph Tucker, of Griffithstown, next spoke. He remarked that in walking over that evening via the Roman road, it had occurred to him that the Romans bad left their impress upon succeeding ages, and upon the neighbour- hood in which they were met. Even so he thought each Christian man and woman ought to live and act that their impress may be left upon others for good. In referring to the well-known anecdote of Dr. Franklin, who in his childhood days gave too much for his whistle, the speaker thought useful lessons might be de. rived from this childish mistake. Some there were who at all times must be lord over all." Such, for in- stance, was Hainan, but when he hung from the gallows he had erected, he paid too much for his whistle." Covetous people there were, always crying Give Give Such was Ahab, who coveted and took posses- sion ofNaboth's vineyard, but who, when he heard the stern judgments of God pronounced by Elijah, found that he had 1, paid too mucli for his whistle. He con- cluded by hoping that each would be careful, especially in the great matter of salvation, and not by a life of sin and folly neglect the soul's best interest, aud then fiod that they had paid too much for their whistle. After singing an anthem, the Rev B. Johnson, in an able speech, testified to hisrespectfor the Chairman and the Church under his care. He said he was pleased to hear Mr Davies refer to the noble two thousand. He believed that in their charader and conduct, we, as their descendants, had a rich hei-loom handed down to us, and as such we were bound by sacred ties to hand down the same intact to our posterity. Christianity was en- nobling in its tendency, inasnuch as it was God-like in its character; and he who possessed it ought at all times, and under all circumstances, to exemplify it, and not put it away with his Sanday clothes. A man in going away from home may prget his watch, or even his purse, but he ought nevei to forget his Christianity. In this way infidelity was beit met and silenced. In conclusion, he hoped that the meeting now nearly clos- ing would influence for good both speakers and hearers. —Another anthem having been sung, and votes of thanks passed to the chairman, the speakers, the choir, and the frieuds who had so kindly assisted in the ar- rangements for the tea, the meeting, which was well at- tended (several being obliged t.ootand), was brought to a close.
VOLUNTEER PRIZE SHOOTING. Th, ad-iourned kihout?ing of tite Fittu (11.?,n'uuryl IL-e- ?tinteers con- cond Adr?inistrafive BL,ttalio,- r?ifle V(,-i cluded on Tuesday and I'vednesdL.i last, the heavy stELte of the atnicsphei?o not ,erniittiug the conipetition to be finished on the first-ramed day. Upwards of zC22 in money piizcs, and tkeHanbury Silver MedaJ. from suh- scriptions given b; MV& Hanbury Leigh, "ne inhabit- ants, and the officers of the corps, were competed for. The Marksmen's Prize," for those who had made at least 25 points in the first class, consisting of a silver medal was i«'on by Capt. Williams. The distances'were 200, 300 ,"00, 600, 700, and 800 yards, three rounds at each' of the distances. The following are the principal scores :—Captain Williams, 49; Corporal J. L. Morgan, 45 Sergt. J. Truman, 43; Corpl. Ed- monds, 43. The Corps Prizes were shot for at 200 and 500 yards, five shots at each. The following are the total scores and the value of prize won by each :— romts inze Sergt J Trumau 37 £ 2 0 0 Pri T Laird Corpl W Edmonds 34 1 O 0 Corpl C. Davis 30 10 0 Pri J C Williams 30 0 15 0 Corpl J L Morgan 30 0 15 0 Sergt WXniman f? <> ™ « Pri C Joshua 2/ 0 10 0 Pri J McVittie 26 0 10 0 Corpl R Moxbam 26 0 10 0 Corpl W Purnell 26 0 7 6 Pri G Newth 24 0 7 6 Sergt S Harris 23. 0 7 6 Pri W H Pitten 22. 0 7 6 Pri C Evans 22 0 5 0 Pri T Jones 22 0 o 0 Pn J Loeffler 21 0 5 0 Pri F Perrv 19-: 0 5 0 Pri W R, Sumption 19 J 5 J Pri W Ho wells 19 J o 0 Sergt F Probyn 19 0 j> 0 Pri E !8 0 ° 0 Corpl G McKinlay 17 Colnnr._Hc.Trrf F. Sumner. lo O o 0 Tw I r on IVednesclay, and 0 go d pins were also shot fc were won by Sergt. Probyn and Private J. McVittie, I
PRESENTATION TO GENERAL PEARSON. On Monday afternoon a presentation was made of a sword of honour and an address to Brigadier-General Pearson, C.B in the Yeovil Town Hall, in recogni- tion of his gallant defence of Ekowe. The sword was pure,hased b t bscriptioris. The Alayor, priva e su (,)Ir. E. L.W?itb3-) read the address, which recounted the deecl,3 of General Pearson in Zululand, and ex- pressed admiration of him as a Somerset man. In acknowledging the gift, Gene-al Pearson, who was warmly cheered, said that though Zulu politics were dangerous ground, his silence might be misunder- stood. He should feel conscience-stricken if he omitted to acknowledge the great obligation he was under to his kind and unselfish chief, Lord Chelms- ford, and, to the men placed under his command. Lord Chelmsford's clear instructions and the un- swerving and loyal support which he (Gen. Pearson) received from every individual of his column enabled him to act with success, and he could not but feel had won for him the distinguished honour bestowed upon him. It would be highly improper in him as a soldier to speak of Sir Bartle Frere and Lord Chelms- ford as public men but of Sir Bartle's policy he might say that he believed it would yet be accepted as the only safe course that could have been pursued; and of Lord Chelmsford, that he would again trust- fully follow the man who in six short months de- stroyed the military system of the greatest nation in South Africa, and that in face of difficulties which often appeared insurmountable. The conduct of the colonists of Natal was patriotic and generous, for both in person and purse they came forward like true Englishmen. r
THE ORANGE TREE.. In very many minds the idea is current that in its native clime the orange-tree is constantly budding and blossoming, and as constantly ripening its delicious fruit, thus presentinga most interesting and beauti- ful sight. A gentleman, just returned from Florida gives a somewhat different account of the tree. He says it does not blossom continuously throughout the year, but has its regular time of flowering, like our apple or pear trees. This is the month of March. Following the fragrant blossoms comes the growing fruit, which ripens about November. The fruit does not fall at maturity, but by a strong stem holds fast to the branches, even till the following May, thus hanging during, and after, another period of bloom. In this manner comes about the combination, so strange to us in a northern climc of opening flowers and perfect fruit upon the same tree. The fruit thus continues for a long time after maturity, at length withering and drying and 'finally falling to the ground, if not plucked° The orange grower i3 thus ready for orders at any time after his crop is ripened, and he never picks save according to orders received. His entire store is kept upon the troes, and he is thus able to furnish a perfectly fresh article until his whole crop has been sold. The fruit is re- moved from the tree by a man ascending portable steps, and carefully cutting the strong stems, It is afterwards carefully packed in the boxes in which we receive it.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. THROUGH pressure on our space, the conclusion on the article On Purgatory," is held over till next week. FOOTBALL IFIXTUREs.-Pontypool v. Newport, October 11, at Pontypool; Pontypool v. Caerleon, November 1, at Pontypool; Pontypool v. Caer- leon, December 4, at Caerleon. TRIP TO CHELTENHAM.—The workmen employed by the Pontypool Tin Plate Co., numbering, to- gether with their friends, about 600, were on Saturday last conveyed per special train to Cbel- tenham. A most enjoyable day was spent by all. HANBURY CORPS CHURCH PARADE. —This corps will assemble at the Town Hall, at 10 o'clock, on Sunday morning next, and march, at a quarter past 10, to Pontnewynydd Church, where a sermon is intended to be preached by the Chaplain of the corps, the Rev. John Wilson. We hear that the band has been practising sacred music for the occasion. SHOOTING NOR A CASE OF BIBDS.—A handsome case of birds, value £ 15, which had been put up for competition by Mr Summerfield, of the Market Tavern, was shot for at Cwmlickey Range on Thurs- day (yesterday). The three highest scores were made by Private T. Lewis, Abersychan, 25 Private Laird, Ilanbury, 25 and Corporal Moxham, Hanbury, 25. The ties will he shot off next Thursday, FOOTBALL.—The Return Match of the first fifteeu of Pontv pool Cluli a,ainst the remainder was played on Thursday (yesterda?,). This was ia well-contested ame from the start to the fiuish. The play of the giteen was the best that has ever been seen on the round. At half-tiene, Pugh made two brilliant 'runs, one directly after the other, from the goal posts to behind those of his opponents, which he easily converted into goals. When time was called, the game stood as follows first fifteen, two touch downs; remainder, two goals, two touch downs, and one touch in goal. Vice-president Parkhurst acted as umpire. We hear that a general meeting will be held the last Wednesday in every month, at the Greyhound, at eight p.m. THE winter programme of Mount Pleasant Temperance Society commences next Monday evening with a public meeting. We are led to ex- pect an unusually good platform. The presence of the Rev G. M. Murphy, of the London School Board, will doubtless be hailed with delight, since he is well-known as one of the champions of the Temperance cause. He will be supported by Mr G. B. Sowerby, of London, one of the secretaries of the Total Abstinence Society; the Rev D. Bumford Hooke, of Mold; the Rev H. Storer Toms, of Enfield; London; and Mr Futcher, of the Western Temperance League. Surely such an array of public speakers should secure a full house. MICHAELMAS LAMB.—The birth of a lamb at this season of the year is so uncommon as to seem well-nigh incredible, and yet we have perfectly re- liable information that a fine, strong, healthy spe- cimen made its appearance, at a place only a few miles from this town, on Thursday, the 2nd inst., and that both ewe and lamb are doing well. At the usual time, in the early spring of this year, the same ewe gave birth to a fine lamb, which, at Easter, graced the table of a wealthy baronet well known in this and an adjoining county. It hardly need be said that the gentleman who owns this prolific ewe was exceedingly astonished when in- formed of the arrival of the welcome but decidedly j unexpected little stranger. By-the-bye, roast lamb at Christmas would be a pleasant novelty, although without srreen peas or asparagus. BOARD or GUARDIANS.—The usual fortnightly ,n,ieetin, of the pontypool Board of Guardians wa7s hold on' Thursday lmt, Henry Lewis, Esq., pre- Si?ing. There were also present D. Llewellin, Esq. (vice-chairman), Col. Byrde, Co". Relph. and E. J. Rev. C. I Phillips, Esq., ex officio; '8?ook and ?Alessrs. P,. Greenway, J. Harris, H. Parfitt, J. Watkins, J. "or ?,a n'E. Holdsworth, and J. F. Powell. Mri Ed, ,ds (clerk) read a letter from Dr. Pearce, Medical Officer of Health of Pontypool District, stating that he was leaving the neighbourhood, and resigning his office. It was decided to adver- tise for a successor. The master (Mr. H. Feather) reported that the number of inmates was eight less than in the corresponding week of last year. With respect to the exchange of land for building the Children's Homes upon, Mr. Llewellin pro" posed and Mr. Phillips seconded, That the valu- ations of Mr. W. G. Rees be accepted, and that the exchange of land be carried out; the difference in value to be paid by this Board to J.C. Hanbury, Esq. Col. Relph proposed, as an amendment, that the Lacal Government Board be respectfully re- quested to send the Assistant Commissioner to confer with the Borrd on the question of the pro- posed exchange pv&Tricvc yeumlug proposed resolution. Mr. Powell seconded the amendment. On a vote being taken only three voted for the amendment, and the original resolu- tion was carried. TREVETHIN SCHOOL BOARD.-Anorclinaxy meet- ing of this Board was held at the Town Hall, Pontypool, on Wednesday, W. Conway, Esq., pre- siding There were also present, Messrs. Richard Greenway, A. A. Williams, E. J. Daniel, H, Lewis, and W. P. James.—Mr Daniel gave notice that at the next meeting he would propose some resolution by which the Board should in some way recognise the services rendered by Mr Thomas, the head master of Garndiffaith Board School, in securing a larger Government grant.—Mr Lans- downe, architect, attended, and placed his terms before the Board for drawing plans and executing the necessary work for erecting the Cwmffrwdoer School.—On the motion of Mr Greenway, seconded by Mr Williams, the terms were accepted; and Messrs Jones, Lewis, James, and Daniel, were ap- pointed a sub-committee to superintend the erec- tion of the building and carry out all matters connected with the preparation of the plans in conjunction with the architect.—Mr Lansdowne was also requested to make a calculation of the area of the Garndiffaith Board School, and report upon it to the Board.—The accounts for the past half-year showed a total receipt ofX809, as follows: Balance remaining, X150 17s 3cl; precepts upon the overseers for the parish of Trevethin, £ 300; Government grant for Garndiffaith, X-358 6s 8d; balance remaining in hand, .£289 3s lOd. READING AND MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT.—On Thursday evening, October 2nd, a popular reading and musical entertainment was given in the Town Schoolroom, for the benefit of the Tranch Church. There was a somewhat small, but thoroughly ap- preciative attendance. The entertainment was ably presided over by the Rev. J. C. Llewellin, who always proves a most excellent chairman on these occasions. He expressed the great pleasure he felt at being present in the schoolroom that night. Though few were assembled there, he still hoped they would recognize the praiseworthy efforts of those ladies and gentlemen who so kindly offered their services in a ?,ood cause. His observations on reading were highly appropriate; w -s in short, a kindly feeling ith sensible remarl, and touches of genuine humour, went to make up a speech which could not fail to please those who heard it. The Chairman then called upon Miss Katie Holdsworth for a pianoforte solo, in the ex- ecution of which she displayed considerable ability. The two songs, "The Englishman" and "My old friend John, and I," were nicely sung' by Mr. Charles Davis. Mr. John Moseley sang "To Anthea," and the ever deservedly-popular old ballad, She wore a wreath of roses," the latter of which was admirably sung. Miss Katie Holds- worth gave a sweet rendering of a charming little Irish ballad, "The little maid milking her cow." This, we believe, is the first time she has sung a solo in public, and, if her first appearance is any criterion, we venture to express an opinion that no small degree of popularity awaits her as a public singer. Miss E. Holdsworth, who sings in perfectly good taste, justly merits that meed of praise which is so often bestowed upon her by lovers of correctly and expressively rendered music, and well did she sustain her reputation by her prett little son-, ""The way through the wood." y 1 11 j Mr. H. Fox created much amusement in the audience by singing that most pathetic of ballads, Cock Robin," the fun being greatly enhanced by the introduction of various pictures, illustrative nf touching- incidents in Cock Robin's sad history. Mr. Harry Davis, who is ever as welcome as the flowers in May," received a warm reception. His rendering of a motto song gained for him an encore, when he sang one of the late Harry Clif. ton's motto songs, Put the break on when going down the hill." The Rev. J. C. Llewellin read The little vulgar boy," from the Ingoldsby Legends, for which he was warmly applauded. Mr Dovey gave a good rendering of a reading entitled, Dora," from Tennyson. Mr C. W. Toye caused considerable laughter by a selection from that most inimitable of humourists, H Mark Twain. Mr C. J. Jones gave a capital reading entitled, Blind Man's Buff The evenin,s entertainment by some' -ery happy re- was brought to a close marks from the chairman.—The promoters of this entertainment hope to provide a series through the winter season. The success or failure of their object will depend upon the support accorded to them by the inhabitants of Pontypool and the im- mediate neighbourhood, and we trust it will be forthcoming. —
BLAENAVON. HOREB BAPTIST CIIAPIEL.-The Sunday School an- niversary was held in this chapel on Sunday. Mr J. Thomas, of Tongwynlais, preached in Welsh in the morniug, and in English at the afternoon and evenfug services'. The children's recitations at each service were pleasingly given, and the singing was capitally rendered. The attendance was large throughout the day, and the collections were liberal. SUDDEN DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.—We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr John Williams, Pullin, landlord of the Griffin Inn, Ivor St. On Tuesday Mr Williams went to Cardiff on business, and came back by the 3.15 train, appearing as well as usnal. On arriving at home he sat down in the par- lour, complaining of teeling unwell, and shortly after- wards fell from his seat. He never rallied, but re- mained in a speechless state until he died at one o'clock on Thursday morning. He was 51 years of age, and was much respected. SUDDEN DEATH AT PULLDDU.—On Tuesday Mr. Batt held an inquest on the body of Elizabeth Keen, aged 51 years, a married woman who leaves a family. From evidence by Lucy Stinchcombe, it appears that on Monday afternoon deceased attended a tea party, and on her way home she complained to witness of pains in her back and of feeling very cold. She died about 10 minutes after arriving at home. Dr. Quirke said deceased had suffered from heart disease, and to that he attributed her death. A verdict in accordance with the evidence was returned. DEATH OF A STREET SINGER.-On Tuesday morning, Mr Batt, coroner, held an inquest at the Lion Hotel, on the body of Robert James, aged 65 years, a ballad singer, who was a native of Aber- gavenny. Thos. Davies, boots at the Lion Hotel, said that on Friday night, about 12 o'clock, he let deceased sleep in the coach house, as he could not get any lodgings; he locked him in; next morning about 7.15 he went to the coach house but did not see deceased; went again about 9 a.m., saw him upon the hay as if asleep, but on going up to him found he was dead, but warm. Dr. Quirke said there were no marks of any kind on the body; he attributed death to heart disease. A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned. PRIMITIVE METHODIST SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.— The above anniversary was held on Sunday. Prior to the morning service the scholars, teachers, and choir sang some of Sankey's hymns through the town, re- turning to the chapel, Three sermons were preached during the day by Mr J. Prosser, of Birmingham, formerly of the above Sunday School. The recita- j tions by the scholars were most correctly given, and reflected great credit upon their superintendent; the singing was also admirably rendered. Miss S. Bowen presided at the harmonium. At the afternoon and evening services the chapel was filled, and the collec- tions were most satisfactory.—On Monday, the scho- lars, teachers, and choir met at the schoolroom as about 2 o'clock, and again sung through various streets. On returning to the schoolroom, they were regaled with tea and cake, and a large number of friends also sat down to tea. In the evening, a most successful meeting was held in the chapel, when the chairman, J. Ramsdale, Esq., of Cardiff, made a very humourous speech at the commencement. A capital programme, which we are obliged to omit, was most efficiently gone through, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.
VARTEG. An entertainment, consisting of singing, recita- tions, &c., was held at the school-room by the Choral Society of the above place, on Thursday week. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, the attendance was not very large. Every piece was well received, especially the comic songs by Messrs E. Williams -(Blaenavon), H. Bratchley, and D. Jones; the duet, by Miss Polly Brown (Blaenavon) and Mr H. Blatchley songs by Miss S. A. Parry, Miss Ann Keare, Mr E. Nicholas, and Mr D. Cook. The band of the 2nd Mon. Rifle V olunteers played several selections during the evening in a style which reflects great credit on their able conductor, Mr Tom Jones. The dialogue, Merchant of Venice," by Messrs R. Herbert and party, was well received. The accompanist was Miss Anne Keare, who performed her duties in a very creditable manner. The chair was taken by Mr T. Williams, Varteg Works.
GARNDIFFAITH. j ENTERTAINMENT.—On Monday evening last, a very interesting and successful entertainment, consisting of singing, recitations, &c., was given at the Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Mr John Rosser presided. ON Saturday last, the remains of Henry Powell, aged 21 years, were interred at Tabernacle Calvin- istic Chapelyard, of which place of worship deceased was a member. The young man was of an amiable disposition, and very careful habits, and was greatly respected. He had secured for himself the means of a decent interment by be- coming, when in health, a member of the Foresters Friendly Society, the members of which, together with many friends, accompanied his remains to the grave, testifying their desire to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of one whns<> m:iTt •">t-nf a a Ol'i/Iiy ^ZclIUpi^ tO tho young men of our neighbourhood. The Rev Thomas Williams, of Pontypool, officiated on the occasion, and "delivered a very appropriate and impressive disccurse from St. John, xi c. 11 v.
ABERSYCHAN. t ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD.—A committee of the whole of this Board, to consider the area of the light- ing district and the rate for the ensuing six months, was held on Tuesday last at the Board-room. There was a large attendance. R. Greenway, Esq., pre- sided. A long discussion took place, and it was ulti- mately decided to recommend the Board that all lamps in the district be extinguished at midnight, and that the rates for the ensuing half-year be at Is 2d in the £ for the Lighting District and 9d in the £ for the Outer District, being reductions on the previous half-year of 2d and Id in the £ respectively. FIRE.-On Tuesday afternoon, a fire, happily not attended with any serious consequences, broke out in one of the houses in Henshaw's Row. The fire origi- 1. nated in a box of clothes in a bedroom. How it was caused does not clearly appear, but as the occu- pier of the house, a somewhat near-sighted man, had j occasion to go the box a short time before the fire broke out, it is surmised that he must have dropped a match amongst the contents. The presence of the fire was soon discovered by the smoke, and an alarm being given, the Abersychan Fire Brigade, headed by their Captain, Mr Cook, brought their hose to the spot with laudable alacrity. The fire in the box had by this time been extinguished with a few buckets of water, but smoke being discovered issuing from a part of the roof, the hose was fixed and the water directed thither, and any danger which might have existed was quickly put an end to. Little damage beside that done to the box of clothes was sustained.
GRIFFITHSTOWN. WE are pleased to announce that the new plate mill at the Panteg Steel Works was successfully started on Tuesday last, when a number of bars were rolled and gave great satisfaction to the di- rectors of the Company. A CONCERT, in aid of the Panteg Church Fund, was given in the Panteg Artillery Drill Hall on Monday evening. There was a large and influen- tial attendance. Special attention must be called to the artistic rendering of The Mocking Bird," by Miss Holdsworth; also to Mr Deacon's beauti- ful solo, Cavatina," by Bach, which received an encore. The quaint song, Little Tin Soldier," was sung with great pathos by Miss Woodyer, and was heartily encored; she sang The Clang of the Wooden Shoon" in response. Mr E. Power, who sang several times during the evening, was repeatedly encored, until he had to announce that his stock of songs was exhausted. The glee, Singing Quadrilles," by Mrs Williams and party, was sung in mast&rly style. The music is very beautiful, and is set to nursery rhymes. The audi- ence were quite delighted with the glee,and warmly demanded an encore, which was assented to. In consequence of Mrs Gwyn, Mr W. H. Osborne- Taylor, and Mr Harry Davis being unable to at. tend, there were several alterations in the pro- gramme. Miss Alice Jenkins, Miss Ada Evans, and Mr C. Lawrence kindly came forward to fill up the gaps, and very ably acquitted themselves. Below we give a corrected programme. Mrs Wailes accompanied on the piano. Overture—Panteg Artillery Band. Song-" The World's a Stage,"—Mr J. R. Essex. Duet-Miss Morse and Miss Alice Jenkins. Song—" The Mocking Bird,"—Miss E. Holdsworth. Solo (violin)-" Cavatina," by Bacli,Ilr M. Deacon. Glee-" Trumpet Blow,"—Mrs A. A. Williams and Party. Song—" Little Tin Soldier,Miss Woodyer. Glee-" The Coronation March,"—Members of the Penyrheol Choir. Song (comic, banjo accompaniment)—" Saucy Sarah Jane," &c., &c., &c.,—Mr E. Power. Selection-Panteg Artillery Band. Song—" Meet me on a Starlight Night,"—Mr W. Starr. Duet—Miss Morse and Miss Ada Evans. Solo (euphonium)—Mr Slattery. Glee-" Soft Floating on the Evening Air;N,leinbers of the Penyrheol Choir. Trio—Miss Morse. Miss Alice Jenkins, and Mr C. Lawrence. Song—" I love to Sing the Old Songs,"—Miss Morse. Glee—" Singing Quadrilles," (Nursery Rhymes set to music by iyinner)—Mrs A. A. Williams and Party. God Save the Queen-Band. ———
LLANFRECHFA UPPER. HARVEST THANK sc; IVING. -On Sunday, Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held at Holy Trinity Church. Pontnewydd, when two excellent sermons were preached by the Rev Newton C. Bennett. In the morning he took his test from the 13th chapter of St Matthew, verses 41, 42, and 43, and in the evening from the 104th Psalm, verses 29 and 30. The attendance was good, especially at. the evening service, when the church was full. The offertories of the day were devoted to the Llandaff Diocesan Church Extension Society, which is a great support to this church. The preacher made several remarks in his sermons as to the great amount of sin of various forms that now prevails, and said that the deficiency in our crops was the hand of God chastening us as a father would chas- ten his son-not in hatred, but in love we should be thankful to God that it is not with us as it has been in China, where millions of persons died through the famine. The church was most taste- fully decorated with corn, fruit, and flowers, under the superintendence of Mrs Bennett, who has al- ways shown great taste in such matters. Miss Lawrence and Mrs Morgan, of Maesyrhiw, also gave very valuable assistance. The font was very prettily and artistically decorated by Miss Pollard. Appropriate harvest hymns were sung during each service.
USK. FATAL ACCIDENT,-On Saturday last, as Wiu Nash, of the Walcheren, Usk, was hauling wheat for Mrs James, of Llangeview, he fell headfore- most from the load to the ground, and received injuries to which he succumbed on Sunday.
ABERTILLERY. MUSICAL COMPETITION.—A competitive meeting was held at the Congregational Chapel, on Mon- day—Chairman, Mr T. Phillips (Abertillery) Adjudicators-Music, Mr Powell, Abertillery Re- citations: Rev. J. Coad Accompanist, Mr T. Wil- liams, Blaina. The pieces performed, with the names of the successful competitors, are as fol- lows :—" Ring the bell, watchman," Master Ste- vens; recitation, "Resignation" (Longfellow), Charlotte Jordon; solo (for girls), What is home without a mother ?" Maryanne and Lizzie; solo (for boys), Mother would comfort me," prize di- vided; recitation (for children under 8 years of age). Master Gillingham glee, "Oh, who will o'er the downs so free ?" (for four voices), prize, 6s, Mr Esau and party; bass solo, The owl," Mr T. Stevens; treble solo, Thou gentle dove," Miss James. At this stage of the proceedings, the chairman (Mr T. Phillips) offered a prize for the best impromptu speech, subject, "Love;" after much amusement, Mr John Parry, of Aberbeeg, won the prize; tenor solo, H Death of Nelson," seven competitors, prize divided; recitation, Charge of the Light Brigade," Master T. Ste- vons; duet, "All's well," J. G. and H. S.; an- them, Jerusalem, my glorious home," prize, 30s, Congregational choir, led by Mr J. D. Winstone. The meeting closed with the usual votes of thanks.
BRYNMAWR, GENERAL BOOTH.—The Salvation Army have been holding crowded services at the Pavillion, and General Booth has preached. The effect upon the place is thus described The town appears to have undergone o -1-r,- s reigns now wiiere general disturbance and fights usually prevailed. The effect of the preaching upon some of the noted characters of the district is wonderful, the police having little or nothing to do."
LATEST NEWS. [BY TELEGRAPH._ THE HUASCAR CAPTURED. The Standard says that an engagement has been fought between the Chilian and Peruvian fleets, and the iron-clad, Huascar, was captured by the Chilians.
SUMMOXS FOR PERJURY. At Bow Street Police Court yesterday (Thurs- day), a summons was granted* against Scweriu Bastendoi-ff, for alleged perjury in an affidavit made in Chancery, in the matter of Hannah Dobbs's pamphlet.
ALLEGED DISPUTE RESPECTING THE CAPTURE OF CETEWAYO. Lord Gifford arrived at Plymouth, per the "Danube," yesterday (Thursday). He denies that there was any difference between Major Marter and himself about the capture of Cete- wayo, and states that it was effected in accordance with a preconcerted plan. He is of opinion that the outbreak ought to have been crushed long ago.
LATEST MARKETS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. English wheat was in large supply on our mar- ket to-day, but the condition and prices were ir- regular. Foreign wheat was Is to 2s dearer; maize and barley firmer. Irish oats were out of condi- tion, and were again lower. MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.—THURSDAV. Very little new wheat at market, and the few samples offered are of a very unsatisfactory quality and condition. Malting barley is very irregular in price, as many samples are said to malt very badly; the best fetch 50s. Other articles remain the same. BRISTOL CATTLE MARKET—THURSDAY. Beef in large supply; all English, and slow trade; best, 65s to 67s; middling, 5Gs to 60s. Mutton also plentiful, and in fair demand; best wethers, Sid; ewes, 7d to 7d. 1500 store cattle; market dull, at low rates. Fair show of pig-s; bacon, 9s 6d; porkers, 10s to 10s 3d. LONDON CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. There were*(510 beasts, including 50 foreign; market quiet; 4s to 5s 4d. 3190 sheep. 170 foreign; market inactive 4s 6d to 6s 6d. 260 calves; market dull; 4s to 5s 00. LONDON HAY MARKET-—THURSDAY. Moderate supply, and demand good for best hay, prices for which are firmer. Prime clover, 100s to 135s; inferior, 80s to 95s. Prime meadow hay, 90s to 105s: inferior, 40s to 75s. Straw, 33s to 43s per load. -—
It was in a New York theatre, the opera was Faust" and as and his adored gazed upon the apotheosis, as the angels carry Marguerite into Heaven, lie murmured, Beautiful! beautiful here the soul clothed in ali its purity is wafted to eternity to sweet strains of angelic music." Yes, Gus," she replied, dreamily "but I rather think if that i -,is to 've way and dump her on the gi-al)pling -,N, gi stage, it would kind of churn her up some." A boiler explosion of a serious nature occurred in the stackyard of Mayhill Farm, a few days ago. A road locomotive which had been working a threshing machine was stopped for a few moments to be oiled, and when re-st;irSed the boiler burst with a loud report. The engineer and the son of the proprietor of the farm were severely injured, two labourers and and a girl were also hurt, and a horse killed. Two of the slacks in the yard took fire, but the flames were soon extinguieled. —